Florida prep shortstop a surprise pick by Giants 

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For the second straight year, the Giants made a surprising pick. For the second straight year, it was a shortstop.

Christian Arroyo, a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., was selected by the world champions with the 25th pick in Thursday's Major League Baseball draft.

The Arroyo pick follows last year's choice of St. John's University shortstop Joe Panik with the 29th overall selection.

Arroyo, who has a scholarship to play at Florida, was Baseball America's 102nd-ranked prospect entering the draft. However, Baseball America said Arroyo would slot into the later half of the Giants top-10 prospects.

Last summer, Arroyo led Team USA to a gold medal in the 18U Baseball World Championship in Seoul, South Korea, and was named tournament MVP. While he has surprising pop in his bat, many analysts say Arroyo will not remain at shortstop, although he doesn't have the prototypical quickness for second base or the typical power for third base.

With their only other pick Thursday — only the first two rounds were held — the Giants selected third baseman-pitcher Ryder Jones out of Watauga High School in Boone, N.C., with the 64th pick. Jones was ranked 197th by Baseball America.

The 6-3, 185-pound Jones is a Stanford recruit, but because of being drafted in the second round, he is seen as likely to go pro. Jones was drafted as a third baseman and was named the Gatorade state Player of the Year.

Rounds 3 through 10 will be today with the remainding 30 rounds Saturday.

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